Con Artist Shows off its Best at Pop-up Show on Allen Street

Posted on: August 6th, 2018 at 5:05 am by

The Con Artist Collective on Ludlow Street has been a focal point of the local arts scene since its inception back in 2010. When we first covered their entrance, founder Brian Shevlin was making ends meet in the basement of the Kropps and Bobbers barbershop. There was a boutique up front with artist member workspace in the back.

(Before James Gulliver Hancock started decorating subway cars, we hosted his show at Con Artist.)

Fast forward to current, and Con Artist is above ground (in that old barbershop space) and with a community of 600 artists to its name.

“Eight years of doing cool shit in LES and making an impact on it’s community has left us with some seriously talented friends,” a statement from the collective reads.

Twenty-six of those friends are now participating in a week-long pop-up show at 198 Allen Street: Kayo Albert, Atomiko, Jaouad Bentama, Ian Bertram, †Andrea Cook, Charlie Cunningham, Hektad, JCORP, Seunghwui Koo, Joseph Meloy, Dean Millien, John Raymond Mireles, MOR, Victor Ochoa, Cody Oyama, RAD, RX Skulls, Audrey Ryan, Rachael Senchoway, Katie Shima, Brandon Sines, The Sucklord, Laura Tack, Sarah Wang, Wizard Skull, Shaina Yang and Tomaso Albertini.

November 2010

The exhibit starts today and runs through August 12.

198 Allen Street previously played home to Pala Pizza, which closed in May 2017 after eleven years in business. Now this storefront is a perennial pop-up space until enough hype is garnered for some permanent business to pay the rents.

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